Lecturers’ Abduction: Kaduna Poly Rector Seeks Joint Action Against Kidnappers

Umar Chinoko                                                                                                                        Adamu Chinoko

 

 

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje, has called for a joint action to tackle the rate of kidnapping in the state.

Professor Bugaje made the call in a statement by his special adviser on media, Bala Aliyu, following the abduction and subsequent release of two lecturers in the state.

The two lecturers, Dr Umar Chinoko and  Adamu Chinoko, both brothers from Kebbi state, regained their freedom on Sunday, six days after they were abducted in the Mahuta area of Kaduna metropolis.

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Professor Bugaje stressed the need for synergy and inter-agency cooperation among institutions, security agencies, and the public in the fight against criminality.

He also appealed to the security agencies to redouble their efforts to rid the society of all forms of criminal elements.

The rector commended the security agencies in the state for their roles in ensuring the release of two abducted lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He acknowledged the pressure of security operatives against the kidnappers that eventually led to the release of the lecturers.

Professor Bugaje also commended the state government and the Federal Government for putting mechanisms in place to check the menace of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna and other parts of the country.

Kaduna Poly Lecturers Commence 3-Day Warning Strike

Kaduna PolyLecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic on Tuesday embarked on a three-day warning strike over the failure of the school management to yield to their demands.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Kaduna Poly chapter, Engr. Musa Ibrahim, said that the main reason for the three-day warning strike was the unjustifiable removal of their workload allowance by the management, as well as the poor state of infrastructure in the institution.

He further stated that there would be no lectures during the period of the strike, warning that the union shall resume an indefinite strike if at the end of the three days, the school management fails to restore their workload allowance and also address some other demands that are critical to their job.

The lecturers are also aggrieved over the delay in the full commencement of Kaduna Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology Lagos as universities, nine years after the federal government announced their conversion into a University of Technology.

Reacting to the issues raised by the lecturers, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, described the allegation as untrue.

He explained that over N6 Million has been spent on the payment of the excess workload allowance to the lecturers despite inheriting over N1.5 billion debt when he came on board three years ago.

The Rector, while describing the strike by the lecturers as uncalled for, said that the management did not stop the payment of the excess workload allowance, but explained that what has delayed the payment of outstanding arrears is lack of funds.

He, however, appealed to the Kaduna Poly lecturers to suspend the strike, promising that their remaining allowances would be paid as soon as funds are available.